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World Food Day: 34 Organizations That Battle Hunger

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945.

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World Food Day was established by FAO’s Member Countries at the Organization’s 20th General Conference in 1979. The Hungarian Delegation, led by the former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food Dr. Pál Romány, played an active role and suggested the idea of celebrating World Food Day worldwide. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.

Our planet produces plenty of food, surely enough to feed the entire global population of 7 billion people. Still, one person in eight on our planet goes to bed hungry each and every night. In some developing countries, one out of three children is underweight. The primary cause of this huge problem is poverty. People living in poverty cannot afford quality food for themselves and their families. As a result, they get weaker reducing the ability to earn money, money they need to escape the grip of poverty.

The list below is not exhaustive. But, to a large extent, underlines how much help is needed all over the globe. Fortunately, hunger and poverty eradication is a significant issue and a major goal for many international organizations. We are putting a great emphasis on the fact that this list is incomplete. Please note that we recognize the importance of the work done by any other NGO that is not mentioned herein. Should you have in mind a global organization that should be added to this list, please let us know via Twitter.

  • Stop Hunger Now
    Stop Hunger Now was established in 1998. Since then, they have provided over 225 million meals in 74 countries. Stop Hunger Now takes food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime.
  • World Food Programme
    WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. In emergencies, they get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, they use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.
  • World Vision
    World Vision International is an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization. It was founded in 1950 by Robert Pierce as a service organization to meet the emergency needs of missionaries.
  • SARC (Syrian Arab Red Crescent)
    Working with the World Food Programme and 23 other local organizations, SARC is distributing food, even in hard-to-reach areas which are subject to fighting. Together, they are providing monthly food assistance to more than four million Syrians inside Syria.
  • Aga Khan Foundation
    The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), alongside its sister AKDN agencies, has implemented innovative, community-driven solutions to development challenges for more than 45 years. It focusses on a small number of specific development problems by forming intellectual and financial partnerships with organizations sharing its objectives, such as eradicating hunger and poverty.
  • Action Against Hunger
    Action Against Hunger saves lives while building long-term strategies for self-sufficiency. They’ve lifesaving impact in more than 45 countries, with 6,500+ field staff assisting more than 14.9 million people in 2015 and 35+ years of expertise in contexts of conflict, disasters, and food crisis. Their global efforts save hundreds of thousands of lives each year, but millions of malnourished children remain in need of lifesaving treatment.
  • Islamic Relief
    As an independent humanitarian and development organization, Islamic Relief has been serving humanity for 32 years. With an active presence in over 40 countries across the globe, they strive to make the world a better and fairer place for the people still living in poverty.
  • Caritas
    Caritas shares the mission of the Catholic Church and other faith-based organizations to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice throughout the world.
  • Convoy of Hope
    As a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — our goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.
  • Freedom from Hunger
    Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, they equip families with resources they need to build futures of health, hope, and dignity.
  • Food for the Hungry
    At Food for the Hungry, they seek to end all forms of human poverty by going into the places with harsh conditions and closely walking with the world’s most vulnerable people. They actively partner with churches, leaders, and families to build transformational relationships, usher justice, and renew communities so God’s purpose is revealed in each person they serve.
  • Bread for the World
    Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decisions makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, they advocate for a world without hunger.
  • The Hunger Project
    Their mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.
  • FSD International
    FSD is a community of development experts, donors, and volunteers who work together to achieve locally-driven goals in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They employ local assets and work with groups on the ground to develop sustainable and self-reliant models that benefit each community differently.
  • CARE
    CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.
  • Save the Children
    Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, they give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.
  • Kids Against Hunger
    The mission at Kids Against Hunger is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. They ship meals to starving children and their families in over 60 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide.
  • Bhookh
    Using the Internet, they provide staple food to chronically hungry Indians so as to enable them to survive, learn and work.
  • Oxfam
    Their vision is a just world without poverty. They want a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives.
    From distributing lifesaving aid to children in the aftermath of World War II to fighting Ebola, UNICEF has been serving children for almost 70 years.
  • ONE
    ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than seven million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
  • Feeding America
    Feeding America’s mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
  • Heifer International
    Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
  • Share Our Strength
    No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.
  • Project Bread
    Project Bread brings a fresh approach to ending hunger. These are our goals: to promote sustainable and reliable access to healthy food for all, to invest in the strength and resiliency of local communities, and to collaborate with others in building a robust regional food system.
  • Projects Abroad
    One of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. Founded in 1992, they send 10,000 people abroad each year on a variety of service projects and internships overseas.
  • Feed The Children
    They exist to end childhood hunger. It’s the cause upon they we were founded 35 years ago and the one that they continue to fight for each and every day.
  • Amref
    They are committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems.
  • Cuso International
    A development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors.
  • Humanitarian Coalition
    The Humanitarian Coalition strives to maximize Canadian fundraising efforts in support of members’ assistance programs for the survivors of international humanitarian disasters. By working together, the members seek to increase the awareness of needs, reduce the duplication of costs and take the guesswork out of giving for Canadians.
  • Fig Tree Foundation
    In 2006, the Fig Tree Foundation obtained its status as a charitable foundation and has since then, thanks to countless hours of volunteer support, built an organization that has been focused on improving the quality of international development initiatives that come out of the Calgary community while supporting a network of organizations that deliver them.
  • Red Cross
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
  • MasterCard Foundation
    All people, no matter their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. They believe that with access to education and skills training, people can have that chance.
  • CARE International
    CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. There are countless projects which try to eradicate hunger every day. We are proud to serve multiple of such compassionate organizations. On World Food Day, we remember such organizations. Please follow our blog for more humanitarian stories, organizations and travel information. Do you have in mind another NGO that battles poverty you feel we should add to the list? Feel free to contact us via Twitter.